Arsene Wenger says his current stock of forwards is the best he’s had in his twenty one years at the club.
Certainly he has had better individuals, but when it comes to having depth and players who have end-product, it’s not an unreasonable thing to say.
The Frenchman has Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Lucas Perez, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Alex Iwobi at his disposal to fill that front four, and with all them chipping in with goals and assists, he’s impressed by his options.
Asked if it was the best selection he’s ever had, the Arsenal manager said, “I think certainly numbers-wise and quality-wise together.
We’ve never had so many players who could perform and score goals – certainly never. Dennis and Thierry had the quality but that didn’t mean we had a large number of options to choose from.”
Of course the key issue is keeping those players happy, so many men into a limited amount of football may cause some unhappiness, but it’s a good problem for him to have.
“Sometimes you consider the problem you face, sometimes you consider the fitness of the players, the fact they have played three days before,” he said.
“You just try to be honest in your decision and keep everybody on board. It is important to stay in all the competitions because, if you have one game every week and you have several strikers, good luck keeping them happy!
It is impossible because they all get annoyed but they have a different way of showing it. They are all committed to the club, though.”
It’s definitely the kind of problem we’d rather he had, than trying to figure out how to fill the gaps, and there’s no question the competition in the squad is playing a part too.